All I want for Christmas is Great Portland Estates and Aldermore shares: These FTSE 250 chief executives have delivered the best returns for their investors

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It's the time of year when Santa makes his list and checks it twice - and it looks like the likes of Great Portland Estates boss Toby Courtauld and Aldermore's Philip Monks will be near the top of the "nice section", after new research suggested they're among the most successful chief executives on the FTSE 250.

The research, by broker TD Direct Investing, found Courtauld has delivered the best sustained return for investors, with earnings growth of more than 208 per cent per share over the past five years, while Monks has delivered almost 107 per cent.

The ranking, of the UK's top 50 chief execs, found age was an indicator of success, with more older bosses appearing higher up the list. Non-British chief executives were also more successful - while those with degrees, preferably from Oxbridge, tended to find themselves higher up the list.

But it also suggests it's not just good leadership that brings success: bosses from the property sector make up 20 per cent of the top 25, despite only making up 10 per cent of those reviewed.

The top 10 FTSE 250 chief executives

Company Name Average 5 yr EPS growth
Great Portland Estates Toby Courtauld 208.84%
Aldermore Group Philip Monks 106.73%
Genus Karim Bitar 92.96% Peter Plumb 85.91%
Tullow Oil Aiden Heavy 64.46%
Bovis Homes David Ritchie 61.16%
Bodycote Stephen Harris 42.75%
Renishaw Sir David McMurtry 39.62%
Savills Jeremy Helsby 38.41%
Poundland Jim McCarthy 37.75%

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